Thanks to the newly constructed Forum Pedestrian Bridge, there is now a safer and more scenic passage across Hinkson Creek and one of Columbia’s busiest roads.
The Forum Pedestrian Bridge Project connects the MKT Trail and Forum Nature Area to the new pedestrian bridge and takes users under Forum Boulevard via a newly paved trail.
“We’re proud of this project,” said Public Works Director David Nichols. “We believe this bridge and the connecting trails we’ve built here will benefit the safety and fitness of Columbia residents for decades to come.”
The new bridge, which meets standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, was situated so as not to interfere with future improvements to Forum Boulevard.
Bike lane enhancements have also been added on the shoulder of Forum as well as a southbound left-turn lane for vehicles entering Wilson’s Fitness.
The originally announced opening for the Forum Pedestrian Bridge and Trail Project was winter 2016, but the project was finished ahead of schedule.
Lehman Construction was the contractor for the project, with an estimated investment total of $1.6 million, paid for by a Federal Non-Motorized Transportation Grant.